On 10/12/2013 7:47 PM, Hetware wrote: > > It is quite legitimate for a mathematician or anybody, for that matter, > to appeal to native first principles rather than the authority of others > as the first and final arbiter of Truth. Any other position would be > unacceptable (mental slavery). >
That is certainly an admirable view.
However, you turned to those with greater expertise for assistance with a question.
Subsequently, you find yourself in an argument and rejecting the authority of those mortals to whom you turned.
Assuming that everyone entered into discussion on this thread with good intentions, you should ask yourself how a questioned about an indeterminate form devolved into denials of "mental slavery".
Reading the thread up to where you invoke the "authority of mortals" remark suggests only one thing:
You are already subjected to a form of mental slavery by your own native first principles.
Think about that one. You received good answers from good mathematicians and you attempted to tell them how most mathematicians would do something different from what they advised.
You were wrong.
And, apparently, your first principle is to be argumentative.